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SUNNI PATTERSON

Sunni Patterson

Sunni Patterson grew up in the 9th ward of New Orleans, but her spoken word slam poetry captures the spirit and soul of the entire city. Just like the thousands of New Orleanians living in cities across the country since Hurricane Katrina, wherever Sunni performs she brings New Orleans with her. Like many New Orleans who have resettled elsewhere, she struggles between the practicality of living in a city where there are more services, and with missing friends, family, and home. As she said on the fourth anniversary of Katrina, “I can’t believe my son’s birth certificate says Houston on it.”

Sunni Patterson now lives in Houston with her son Jibril “Red Bean”, also known as just “Bean”. She travels and performs on the road with him everywhere.